Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album

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Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album
Awarded forquality urban contemporary music albums
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded2013
Currently held byThe Carters, Everything Is Love (2019)

The Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to recording artists for quality works on albums in the urban contemporary subgenre within the R&B field. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".[2]

This category was one of the three newly created categories for the 55th Grammy Awards. According to the category description guide it is intended for "albums containing at least 51 percent playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B. This category is intended for artists whose music includes the more contemporary elements of R&B and may incorporate production elements found in urban pop, urban Euro-pop, urban rock, and urban alternative".[3]


Frank Ocean was the first recipient in 2013
2016 and 2018 award winner, The Weeknd
Beyoncé has won this award twice in 2017 and 2019
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
2013 Frank Ocean Channel Orange [4]
2014 Rihanna Unapologetic [6]
2015 Pharrell Williams Girl [7]
2016 The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness [8]
2017 Beyoncé Lemonade [9]
2018 The Weeknd Starboy [10]
2019 The Carters Everything Is Love [11]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

Artists with multiple wins[edit]

2 wins

Artists with multiple nominations[edit]

3 nominations
2 nominations

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
  2. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on October 27, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  3. ^ "The Recording Academy Announces Board Of Trustees Meeting Results". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. June 8, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  4. ^ "2013 Grammy Nominees/Winners: R&B". February 10, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  5. ^ Kennedy, Gerrick D. (February 10, 2013). "Grammys 2013: Frank Ocean wins for urban contemporary album". Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  6. ^ 2014 Nominees
  7. ^ "57th Grammy Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  8. ^, 7 December 2015
  9. ^, 6 December 2016
  10. ^ Lynch, Joe (November 28, 2017). "Grammys 2018: See the Complete List of Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  11. ^, 7 December 2018

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